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Canadian titles make USBBY's 2015 list of Outstanding International Books!


USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. The books on the list were chosen by a committee of USBBY members. A number of Canadian titles, either written and/or illustrated by Canadians, or published by a Canadian publishing house, made the 2015 list.

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Books About Mental Health for #BellLetsTalk

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January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day 2015, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health. To encourage discussion, our librarian has put together the following list of fiction and non-fiction children's and YA books that feature themes relating to mental health. Pick up these titles at your local bookstore or library.

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70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

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January 27, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest network of camps established by the Nazi regime during the Second World War. Commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz in your classroom or library with The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer and Gillian Newland (illus.), published by Second Story Press.

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Family Literacy Day (January 27, 2015)

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Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, was created to encourage families to engage in literacy-based activities together. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of Canadian books that share in the joys (and struggles) of families of all sizes and combinations, and invite conversation for readers of all ages. Celebrate this year's Family Literacy Day with one of these fine books.

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Happy 200th birthday, Sir John A. Macdonald!

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January 11, 2015 marks what would have been Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Macdonald's family immigrated to Kingston (in Upper Canada) in 1820. A lawyer by trade, Sir John A. Macdonald became known as Canada's Father of Confederation and was the first Prime Minister of Canada. Celebrate his birthday with Pat Hancock's The Kids Book of Canadian Prime Ministers, published by Kids Can Press.

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Rencontre avec Pierre Pratt

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Pierre Pratt Suite à la présentation de l’album sélectionné pour le programme « Un livre à moi! », Des portes dans les airs, nous avons rencontré Pierre Pratt, créateur des magnifiques illustrations qui accompagnent ce récit. Illustrateur remarquable, Pierre Pratt œuvre dans l’édition jeunesse depuis près de trente ans. Tant au Canada qu’à l’étranger, de nombreux prix prestigieux ont jalonné sa carrière, dont trois prix du Gouverneur général. Il a même déjà figuré parmi les finalistes du prix Hans Christian Andersen, ce n’est pas peu dire!

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Books on Human Rights

December 10 is Human Rights Day, as established by the UN General Assembly in 1950. According to a national survey by the Canadian Teachers' Federation and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, teachers across the country are looking for more human rights tools and resources — especially when teaching younger children.

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Great Reads for the Holidays 2014

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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has compiled a list of great Canadian books, for kids of all ages, for the 2014 holiday season. The books featured in this list are starred selections from the Fall 2014 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.

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Remembrance Day 2014

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At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month... Remembrance Day honours the sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces who fought for our freedom. Commemorate this November 11th with Canadian children's books. Below is a list of recent WWI-themed books compiled by our library coordinator, Meghan Howe.

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White Ravens 2014

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The White Ravens is an annual catalogue featuring new and notable titles of children's and young adult literature from around the world.